The religion of peace – used by a Government of sexist thugs

Yet another example of the Iranian Government failing to employ modern human rights and simply suspends the stoning of this woman who has really done nothing wrong. Harmed no one and definitely does not deserve to be stoned to death.

I have a feel that I speak for the majority of “civilised” people when I label this punishment as a barbaric remnant of the dark ages, practiced only by those who still wish to live in the stone age, but by the same token, use very modern weapons in an attempt to enforce their religion on those “infidels” who do not wish to submit all of thier basic human rights to an outdated superstition.

The fact that this can and does happen in this day and age sickens me. If anyone has any kind of petition to sign, post it in the comments – however it comes down to the principle as I doubt that the Iranian government listens to anyone – especially the will of the people.

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Star Wars quote for Religion

After reading this story, it has become apparent to me that they key way that Islam (and needless to say all religions but predominantly radical Islam) will be through it’s intolerance.

This is hardly a surprise but it does bring to mind the infamous quote by Princess Leia from Star Wars – A New Hope:

The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.

And just like the evil empire, radical Islam seems to tighten its grip and hopefully push those moderate Islamists out there to the left. I say hopefully because in all of my internet searching, I’m yet to really find the voice of moderate Islam. Assuming of course there is such a thing as moderate Islam.

Does this mean that our last, best hope will be all those opposed joining forces, hardly,  given the “Ye shall take no god before me” commandment…so in that case, who will be our Luke Skywalker and Han Solo?

You, that’s who. Join the conversation, have a voice and do what you can to fight the oppression of the evil that is religion!

Adoption rights for gays is tantamount to ‘child abuse’, says the Catholic Church

While on Twitter today I was sent a link by @Denyreligion to this site. It made me angry and here’s why.

As you may be aware, the Catholic Church has been ordered to pay millions of pounds in settlement for the crimes it committed in abusing children in Ireland. Since this information has become public the Catholic Church is yet to apologise. The closest it has come is saying that and this is not a direct quote but something very close to it: “Child abuse is bad but there are x thousand abortions happening every year and that is much worse since those children die”.

And that’s it. No sorry, no we will reform our ways simply justifying what they have done by saying that there are worse things (I refuse to use the word crime when speaking about abortion) happening in the world.

Given this rationale, I think I might just visit my local Aston Martin dealer and steal a DBS because we all know that there are people being murdered out there.

Furthermore, no one has been charged with anything. So the perpetrayors of all the abuse that took place seem to have gotten away scott free. That disgusts me.

In this article, it is clear and no attempt has been made to hide the discriminatory nature of the Vatican. The Vatican issued a directive saying that children should not be adopted out to homosexual couples. They claim that this is tantamount to child abuse. Given the record of the Catholic Church in relation to looking after children, that disgusts me as well.

When the San Francisco board claimed this to be: “An insult to all San Franciscans when a foreign country, like the Vatican, meddles with and attempts to negatively influence this great City’s existing and established customs and traditions such as the right of same-sex couples to adopt and care for children in need.” The resolution viewed a claim from the Vatican that, “allowing children to be adopted by persons living in [homosexual] unions would actually mean doing violence to these children” as defamatory in nature and “absolutely unacceptable to the citizenry of San Francisco.”. The Board said such defamatory language was: Insulting and callous, and shows a level of insensitivity and ignorance which has seldom been encountered by this Board of Supervisors.

I applaud the San Francisco board in this action.

But not to be outdone, the Catholic Church has hit back saying that this: “The policy of San Francisco is one of totalitarian intolerance of Christians of all denominations who oppose homosexual conduct. My concern is that if this ruling is allowed to stand, it will further embolden anti-Christian attacks.”

They then went on to say that “Our constitution plainly forbids hostility toward any religion, including the Catholic faith. In total disregard for the Constitution, homosexual activists in positions of authority in San Francisco have abused their authority as government officials and misused the instruments of the government to attack the Catholic Church. Their egregious abuse of power now has the backing of a federal circuit court. This decision must be reversed …”

The Law society continued that: The Anti-Catholic resolution sends a clear message to plaintiffs and others who are faithful adherents to the Catholic faith that they are outsiders, not full members of the political community, and an accompanying message that those who oppose Catholic religious beliefs, particularly with regard to homosexual unions and adoptions by homosexual partners, are insiders, favored members of the political community.”

I for one, am actually very against the Catholic church or any religion for that matter having any role in politics. If someone speaks to an imaginary being, then they are simply not fit for public office. End of story.

The sad truth is that in this day and age the Catholic church can issue a brazenly discriminatory order and then claim that by no following it their rights are being violated. I stand utterly amazed that there are supposedly so many “intelligent” people who actually do not speak out against it.

It leaves me feeling both disgusted andthat much more passionate about speaking out against religion and the evil that it fosters.

United Nations Racism Summit

So; the United Nations decides to hold a summit on Racism and various countries walk out because of the comments from Iran’s Leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

But typically, no one, no one single nation is actually acknowledging the Elephant in the room.

For those of you who do not have time to click on the above link, here is a summary of the article:

Quote
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement criticizing Ahmadinejad for using the conference “to accuse, divide and even incite.”

Ban said he had spoken to the Iranian president and asked him not to focus on “divisiveness” in his address.

“It is deeply regrettable that my plea to look to the future of unity was not heeded by the Iranian president,” Ban said.

Ahmadinejad’s Comments
During Monday’s speech, Ahmadinejad paused a moment, then continued: “In fact, in compensation for the dire consequences of racism in Europe, they helped bring to power the most cruel and repressive racist regime in Palestine.

“It is all the more regrettable that a number of Western governments and the United States have committed themselves to defend those racist perpetrators of genocide,” he said, echoing Tehran’s official line on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Some Facts
Israel was established in 1948 as a homeland for Jewish people after the Holocaust, on land also claimed by Palestinians.

Ahmadinejad said Zionism, the Jewish national movement, “personifies racism” and accused Zionists of wielding economic and political resources to silence opponents.

The Jewish Response
Speaking at a Holocaust remembrance service in Jerusalem, Israeli President Shimon Peres said Ahmadinejad’s address “constitutes an acceptance of racism, rather than the fight against it.”

“It is hard to fathom why despots such as Hitler the Nazi, Stalin the Bolshevik and Ahmadinejad the Persian chose the Jews as the main target for their hatred, their madness and their violence,” Peres said. “Perhaps they targeted the Jewish people because of its spiritual power – a nation poor in material possessions, but rich in values — for he who is infected with megalomania fears the power of the spirit.”

Europe’s response
A number of European countries had vowed to walk out if Iran’s president made offensive remarks.

“The UK unreservedly condemns Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s offensive and inflammatory comments. Such outrageous, anti-Semitic remarks should have no place in a U.N. anti-racism forum,” said Peter Gooderham, Britain’s envoy to the U.N. in Geneva.

The UN Organisers comments

While rejecting the boycott, Navi Pillay, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, urged reporters “not allow this one intervention to mar the conference.

“I prefer to move on,” she said at a news conference after Ahmadinejad’s speech. She also criticized the delegates who walked out during his speech, saying his “unsavory remarks” did not “provide justification for anyone to walk out of the conference.”

Pillay said Sunday that she regrets — and is “shocked” by — the United States’ decision to boycott.

So why is it that no one actually addresses the real reason behind all of this dissent? That no one is addressing the Elephant in the room? – because the real reason, the Elephant? The Elephant is religion!

Interestingly enough, this is the same department of the United Nations that seems to be extending this misplaced sense of non-questioning to entertaining the notion of criticising religion being against human rights.

However, luckily for all of the intelligent, free thinking individuals in the world, there is a response in the works.

The more I think about this the more outraged I become. In short, my view is…

  • Religion is a belief that someone has
  • Religion is not a human and therefore is not entitled to the same rights as a human
  • Further more, Religion (applied equally to all religions) is simply a collection of myths and legends that different groups of society assume as true without questions
  • Trying to censor critisism of religion under the guise of human rights is simple a thinly disguised form of censorship and, infact, a restriction in freedom of speech

If a logical line of questioning is applied to any religion then that religion will not hold up as true. Thus we can see the religious motivation behind the positioning that “belief without question” is a virtue. For if you never question religion, you will never see how full of falsehood it actually is.

Belief without question is not a virtue but a marker of ones lack of ability to think independently and freely. By questioning religion I truly believe that you can remove it.

So now I’ll get back to the UN racism summit.

In one corner we have the Muslims and in the other corner we have the Jews.

If you question/remove religion you can remove those labels and these groups simply become people who are arguing over a place to live.
If you question/remove religion, Israel is no longer a spiritual home of anyone, but simply land.

If you question religion you remove it.

Question religion at the United Nations racism summit and you will find the true motivation behind the dissent.

Religion is driving the racism and xenophobia.

Rid the world of religion and you’re left with open minds that can be logically rationalised with.

More so, you’re a whole lot closer to one peaceful planet!

Police: Taliban executes eloping lovers

In yet another example of religion overpowering basic human rights, a couple has been executed in Afghanistan. Simply because one woman did not want to marry a man that she did not like, she has paid for it with her life.

Yet another crime carried out in the name of religion.

What’s more disturbing is that the Afghanistan Government recently made an agreement with the Taliban to implement Sharia law in the Swat Valley. This is the same harsh, Islamic law that will see females robbed of their chance at an education and the same unjust law that flies in the face of basic human rights.

But the one thing that really makes me angry is that no one seems to question the Koran. It is simply accepted as fact in these regions.

Chances are that this is due in no small part to the extreme lack of secular education. After all, when the only education you can receive is a religious one, what else are you to do?

I can only hope that as technology advances and becomes more widely available that the clawed grasp of religion will weaken as free thinking and intellect breaks through the shrouds of myth, legend and fairytale that make up all of the holy books.

And just to help us sleep easy, let’s assume that this will happen before any of these religious nuts get their hands on nuclear weapons! Those hands driven by that kind of intolerance is a truly scary thought!